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Media Council to assess effect of LNT-TV3 news service merge on media space

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Culture Minister Nauris Puntulis

Latvia’s Culture Ministry has turned to the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) with a request to evaluate the possible effect from the merging of LNT and TV3 news services on the variety of opinions in the electronic media space.

The ministry invites NEPLP to explain how the council plans to act to ensure electronic mass media programme policy compliant with public interests, as well as provide a report on possible changes to LNT broadcasting permit’s approved operations and possible changes to its programming format.

«This is a business decision associated with media content consumption and desire to reach as wide an audience as possible. This decision is also a challenge to ensure variety of the media space – a major requirement for democracy,» as Culture Minister Nauris Puntulis comments the LNT and TV3 merge.

Puntulis says Latvia should continue work on enhancing public media and contribute to commercial media’s efforts to create publicly important and varied original content in order to further enhance Latvia’s information space, as well as secure the exit of public media from the advertisement market.

Read also: All Media Baltics to liquidate LNT news service; to work with TV3 brand instead

Culture Ministry also notes that the institution is happy to have secured additional funding from the 2020 state budget worth EUR 500 000 to finance content creation by Latvian commercial broadcasters, as well as that steps have been taken to improve competition on the advertisement market, Puntulis continues.

BNN had previously reported that media group All Media Baltics intends to work exclusively with TV3 brand from December onward.


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